Taxonomy

Coelioxys (Coelioxys) inermis

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Data deficient - poorly recorded

Species Biology

Identification

  • Medium-large sized solitary species (9-14mm)
  • Cleptoparasite - breeds in nest of Megachile species
  • Abdomen is black with pale hair bands and is extremely pointed at the tip in females
  • Abdomen is less pointed in males, which have hairier faces
  • Can be confused with Coelioxys elongata

Habitat

Rare. Habitat associations unknown.

Flight period

July

Nesting biology

This species is a cleptoparasite of Megachile maritima and M. centuncularis

Flowers visited

Polylectic - Lotus, Trifolium, Knautis, Jasione, Scabiosa

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

All of Europe, up to 66ºN, including Britain and Ireland

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2018

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References

Publications

Conservation status: FitzPatrick Ú., Murray T.E., Byrne A., Paxton R.J., Brown M.J.F. (2006) Regional Red List of Irish Bees, Publ. Rep. to National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland) and Environment and Heritage Service (N. Ireland). http://www.npws.ie/publications/red-lists

Flowers visited & World distribution: Westrich, P. (1989) Die Wildbienen Baden-Württembergs. Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart, Germany.

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